There is always the pragmatic point of view. A computer owned by Yahoo is storing physical bits of inflammatory information about a person. Yahoo are then spreading that information to their users. I think there is a reason that the website we are on has such a strict TOS and such active moderation. It is only a matter of time before a judge adopts the pragmatic point of view. As you said, it will have big implications for the world. There are two ways to look at change. You can embrace it and make the most of it, or you can run under the couch. Bottom line: The anonymity of the Internet is causing peoples rights to be violated, therefore, it is only an eventuality that some of that anonymity will go away in order to protect people. And I think that's a good thing.